hemlock

noun hem·lock \ ˈhem-ˌläk \

Definition of hemlock

1 a : any of several poisonous herbs (such as a poison hemlock or a water hemlock) of the carrot family having finely cut leaves and small white flowers
b : a drug or lethal drink prepared from the poison hemlock
2 : any of a genus (Tsuga) of evergreen coniferous trees of the pine family; also : the soft light splintery wood of a hemlock

Examples of hemlock in a Sentence

  1. Socrates died after drinking hemlock.

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Origin and Etymology of hemlock

Middle English hemlok, from Old English hemlic


HEMLOCK Defined for English Language Learners

hemlock

noun

Definition of hemlock for English Language Learners

  • : an evergreen tree with soft wood

  • : a type of poisonous plant that has small white flowers

  • : a deadly drug or drink made from this plant


HEMLOCK Defined for Kids

hemlock

noun hem·lock \ ˈhem-ˌläk \

Definition of hemlock for Students

1 : an evergreen tree related to the pine
2 : a poisonous plant with small white flowers and leaves divided into many parts

Medical Dictionary

hemlock

noun hem·lock \ ˈhem-ˌläk \

medical Definition of hemlock

1 a : any of several poisonous herbs (as a poison hemlock or a water hemlock) of the carrot family (Umbelliferae) having finely cut leaves and small white flowers
b : conium 2
2 : a drug or lethal drink prepared from the poison hemlock — compare coniine


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